UPDATE: Pelosi Won! The Democratic Party is on fire and half of its members think the solution is to douse it with gasoline. Democrats lost Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in a presidential election. Last time that happened, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! was on its way to the top of the Billboard charts and every teenager in America had a “Frankie Say Relax” T-shirt.
Democrats lost the House in 2010 — a 63-seat hemorrhage that forced Nancy Pelosi to hand over the people’s gavel and become minority leader. They lost the Senate in 2014. They lost the presidency in 2016. Ideologically speaking, they’re about to lose the Supreme Court. They’ve lost so many state legislature seats that even some Republicans are worried about the health of our two-party system.
In Middle America — the giant red area between the coasts — “Democrat” is a swear word these days. And all the while, the party elders didn’t pick up on any of it. The Democratic Party isn’t popular — President Obama is. But Democrats, even while they were getting voted out of office by the clown car-full, believed in a kind of trumped up, trickle-down popularity. But it didn’t trickle down. President Obama is leaving office and he’s taking his popularity with him.
In July of this year — when progressive hubris was headed straight toward its Nov. 8 climax — Newsweek ran a piece titled, “Will the Republicans Ever Win the White House Again?” The author, whose analytical skills fall somewhere between “eeny meeny miny moe” and a Magic 8-ball, stated that “No one who is a realist, including this author, now thinks Trump can win any ‘blue’ state. And the odds of any 2012 ‘swing state’ being gained by the Republican nominee seems extremely unlikely.”
In 2012, Obama won Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Iowa. In 2016 they were all red — and it’s so simple to see why.
The Democrats abandoned the working class by refusing to support an immigration policy that stops wage stagnation or a trade policy that protects jobs. Instead, they went all-in on globalization. The average American is worried about paying their bills and doesn’t have time for idealistic, progressive crusades. Their vote was not motivated which politician could do the most good for their identity group, but by which politician they were carrying in their wallets. And there was an epidemic of too many George Washingtons and not enough Benjamin Franklins.
For House Democrats, today’s decision between Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tim Ryan will be like the scene in the Matrix where Neo has to choose whether to take the red pill or the blue pill. They’ll either take the blue pill and continue living the delusion that progressivism is taking America by storm, the electoral college is essentially meaningless, and John Oliver is hilarious. Or Democrats will take the red pill and awaken to the reality that the Democratic Party is a corrupt, vitriol-spewing, highly exclusive social club.
Here’s a look at three possible outcomes from Wednesday’s vote, what they’ll mean for the House Democrats, and what they’ll mean for the party as a whole.
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